MB's Story - Parotid (Salivary) Gland Tumor

Salivary Gland Tumor Patient Story
UCLA Health article

Testimonial: Salivary Gland Tumor Surgery

“There are no words that can truly express the depth of my gratitude for this stellar team at UCLA”


Maie St. John MD, PhD
Maie St. John, MD, PhD

Our experience at UCLA Health was exceptional from start to finish. My son was diagnosed with a benign tumor of the parotid gland. We were unhappy with our local care and did extensive research to find the best surgeon for his procedure. All roads led to Dr Maie St. John. From our first conversation, she assured me that she would care for my son as if he were her own, and she remained true to her word. Always available, easily accessible, caring and concerned for his well-being, she was all that I had hoped for and more in a surgeon. She assembled a stellar team for his surgery, including Dr. Vishad Nabili, a Facial Reconstructive surgeon and Dr Jack Buckley, who was his Anesthesiologist.

Vishad Nabili, MD

The entire team was excellent, caring, and compassionate. While the doctors were all amazing, I would be remiss if I didn’t also sign the praises of Mensa Hasanovic, who works with Dr St John. She checked in with us before, during and after the surgery, setting up next to impossible appointments days before Christmas, and making sure that we had the information that we needed to make informed decisions for my son’s care.

What was an unbelievably stressful time in my family’s life was made so much lighter because we knew from day one that we had the best team who wanted the best for my son. There are no words that can truly express the depth of my gratitude for this stellar team at UCLA. From the bottom of this mother’s heart, thank you and bless you.

Mensa Hasanovic, RN, BSN, MSN, NP

—MB, Santa Barbara, CA